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The Defense Department’s plan to realign its forces in South Korea, Japan and Guam could cost the United States and its allies $46.7 billion or more through 2020, according to a new GAO report. DOD is conducting the initiatives without comprehensive cost information or an analysis of alternatives, hampering policy makers from determining the most affordable strategy …READ MORE
The cleanup of installations closed during the first four BRAC rounds is taking too long, partially because DOD “consistently underspends” its annual appropriations, the House Appropriations Committee noted last week. “The pace of cleanup remains painfully slow, with some bases predicted not to be fully cleaned for upwards of 300 years or more …READ MORE
The services should set up a process for military families to establish charter schools at installations that are not supported adequately by the local public school system. The need for charter schools comes as frequent moves by military families highlight “the differences and inequities” among public school systems …READ MORE
Sens. Carl Levin, John McCain and Jim Webb are pointing to a new report from the Government Accountability Office as the latest evidence in support of their recent recommendations for the Pentagon to revamp its plan to move 8,000-plus Marines from Okinawa to Guam. GAO concludes that DOD planning to transform its facilities in Japan and South Korea lacks critical cost information and an analysis of alternatives that are essential to assess the projects’ affordability …READ MORE
Growing military installations face a host of challenges related to mission readiness and sustainability that can only be addressed through collaborative planning with local and regional authorities. Many of those issues center around the community’s ability to support the base and its personnel, including housing, transportation, environmental infrastructure, public safety, and workforce and education …READ MORE
The U.S. Census does not count military personnel serving overseas as residents of the communities where they are stationed, potentially depriving defense communities of federal funding for a variety of programs. To minimize the impact, the House Appropriations Committee is urging DOD to work with communities to ensure they have adequate resources and infrastructure to meet the needs of service members and their families …READ MORE